2007 Penfolds Grange is dense vivid red in colour. It smells of Grange and so it ought. Black liquorice with sesame/cola/sea-weed/quince paste/coffee/bitter chocolate/African spices coupled with a fleeting and appealing glacial waft. On the palate, it’s balanced and approachable, fresh and tight with no gaps from beginning to end, it is indeed complete. Dates/persimmon/roasted nuts/baked pecan-pie/Portuguese custard tart.
VINEYARD REGIONS – Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate, South Australia.
VINTAGE CONDITIONS – The 2007 vintage was challenging with low winter temperatures threatening severe frosts and accompanied by low winter rainfall. Dry conditions persisted throughout the growing season and unusually high summer temperatures followed, which placed pressure on water resources and fruit exposure. Low crops and the resultant fruit ripened relatively quickly and was selectively and successfully harvested earlier, parcel by parcel, pursuing full flavours, structure and balance.
GRAPE VARIETY – 97% Shiraz and 3% Cabernet.
MATURATION – Matured for 21 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads.